Indo-Pak Affairs

Partial Pullout from Western Borders; Vacations cancelled

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army personals’ vacations have been cancelled due to escalating India-Pak tension. According to Defense analysts, withdrawal of Pakistan troops from FATA and NWFP were escalated owing to mounting tension on eastern border and Pakistan Air Force also reduced its activities in FATA.

However, the army has been put on high alert and Pakistan Air Force remained vigilant for the protection of airspace. According to sources, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and other officials’ foreign visits were also cancelled for a time being in the wake of Indo-Pak another round of war.

India has put its troops on high alert to defy dilapidated circumstances. According to analysts, if India imposes war on Pakistan then it might be turned into atomic war which can prove disastrous for both the countries.

The Pakistani military has scaled down its operations against militants in the north-west following tensions with India, BBC quoting officials said. Some “unannounced changes” have been made in the deployment of troops after Indian jets violated Pakistani air space on 12 December, they said.

Air strikes against militants in the restive Swat and Bajaur regions have been scaled down as some of the airpower had to be redeployed to the country’s eastern border, a senior Pakistani military official told the BBC Urdu service.

The official said the redeployment was ordered after Indian fighter jets violated Pakistani air space earlier this month amid reports of possible “surgical” strikes by India on the headquarters and camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group which India has blamed for Mumbai attacks.-SANA

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